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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

23 weeks!

Mom had a BBQ at her house over the weekend so Andie and I took advantage of the photo op since we were both dressed decent. I bought some more maternity clothes because Penney's was having a buy one, get one for 88 cents sale- I got enough stuff to get me through the rest of the pregnancy in style!

Went to the doctor yesterday and everything was "perfect" according to her!!! Love to hear that word coming from a doctor! Baby A had done some more acrobatics and flipped herself around so she's no longer head down. Both babies are head up which looks much sweeter than having their feet in each other's faces. They are both moving all the time so I'm sure they won't stay in this position for long. The doctor told me to gain about a pound a week from here on out...I was a little worried that I had gained 5 pounds in the past two weeks alone, but she said I was right on track and doing really well- only up 19-20 pounds total. I think some of that must be water weight since I can't get my ankles to stop swelling!
Our entire school district is closed down until May 11th due to the swine flu so maybe I'll get enough rest and keep my feet up enough over the next week and a half that my ankles will get a nice break. I'm looking forward to a little R&R! Maybe I'll get the nursery painted.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Interior design in my next life...

I have been having so much fun looking at things and designing the nursery that I think I might go into interior design in my next life. It's waaaaay more fun than my day job! I've hired someone to custom build some bookshelves and cabinets for storage in the nursery and I'll be sure to post before and after pics once that process gets underway. I've also done a little more "design" work to the blog as you can see. I have to thank cousin Brook for helping me figure out how to do it!

I'm doing custom nursery bedding for each girl. Mom helped me narrow down fabric and paint swatches and caught a picture of me contemplating the big decision! I'll put pictures of the actual bedding up once I get it...I know it's kinda hard to envision how it will all come together from a few scraps of fabric. I can't wait to see the finished product!

I went to the doctor today and everything looked great with both babies and with me. I'm still having some swelling in my ankles by the end of the day but the doctors are not concerned at all because my blood pressure is staying so low. In fact, today is was 93/44- not bad! The twins are moving A LOT- Andie and I watched my belly bounce around last night which is pretty cool to see! They have moved position a little bit. They were both laying horizontally but now Baby A has her head down and her feet near my belly button and Baby B has her feet near A's face and her head over to the right side of my abdomen. On the sonogram today Baby A yawned and then tried several times to get her thumb in her mouth- she's still not very coordinated just yet and couldn't quite make the connection but it was fun to watch her! We are so anxious to meet these sweet little things!!!

I posted a new belly pic to the right for those who care to see my ever increasing expanse of pale white belly!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

We spent the Easter at the lakehouse- it was so nice to have great weather!! I can't wait for the girls to get here so we can spend summers fishing and swimming!

I went to the doctor on Friday and he looked at both girls' hearts and everything looked just fine. They are getting average singleton baby is around 10 1/2 ounces at this time and we have one weighing in at 11 ounces and one came in at 12 ounces!! A singleton baby wouldn't weigh as much as my two together until about 26 weeks! No wonder my belly is getting so big- I'm still measuring about 6 weeks ahead. In other words, I'm already as big as I would be with one baby at about 7 months! They are very active and I can feel them moving frequently, Andie even felt a kick the other day! It was quite exciting for him. We just can't wait to meet them!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

And they shall be called...

We've chosen names for our sweet peas- Addison Lee and Allison Grace!!! Lee is Andie's middle name and his grandmother's middle name, and Allison is my middle name so they each are named after one side of the family. We will probably call them Addie and Allie for short, and we think they'll have lots of fun with their cousins Abbie and Adlee. Can you see the trend here??? There will be a monetary award for anyone who can correctly name all four girls at family reunions!!

They are moving around lots these days and I've felt a few really good kicks! They are growing fast as you can tell by the most recent belly pic- what a difference a couple weeks makes!! I'm really starting to show a lot and can't imagine how much bigger I'll get!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

It's all downhill from here!

Now that I'm halfway through I feel like things are going to be moving very fast now. In fact I'm a little nervous about getting everything done before the doctors decide to put me on me on bed rest. They have said I will need to cut back my hours at work by 24-26 weeks but I'm nervous that by 30 weeks I'll be on full bed rest...that's leaves only 10 more weekends for me to shop, fix the nursery, have baby showers, and do all the things I need to do!!!! I'm of course hoping for the best and crossing my fingers that I don't have to go on bed rest at all, but I also feel like I need to prepare for the worst case scenario too.

The babies are moving a lot now and I can finally distinguish their little flutters from stomach digestion! I haven't had any kicks strong enough for Andie to feel yet which is really disappointing to him, but any day now I know it's coming. Other than occassional sciatic pain I'm feeling great! I feel really blessed that I've made it this far through the pregnancy without feeling uncomfortable, and with no major complications.

I don't have any doctor appointments this week but next Friday I see the perinatologist so he can do echocardiograms on the babies- isn't it amazing that they can look at their hearts while they're still in there!! That will be really cool to see. Being a "high risk" pregnancy isn't all bad...I get to have all these cool things done that let me see how my little ones are developing every step of the way. I feel really fortunate to have such a unique experience in that regard.

I've been busy narrowing down fabrics for the nursery and I think I've almost made a final decision. My next task is to update and complete my online registries- there's soooo much to shop for!

We've narrowed down our list of possible names and I feel confident we will make a decision soon...hold out a little longer people!!